Managing Autism Journey
Your Personal Guide to Recovery
One of our key objectives in everything that we do is to provide credible, objective information that is not biased or twisted in any way. It is true that all of the products and services we offer for purchase are built around the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, but that is because the tools we provide have been tested or developed at Step By Step Academy, a best-in-class center that focuses on ABA Therapy. In other words, ABA Therapy is what we are best at. However, we recognize that there are plenty of other therapies and alternative treatments that have value in helping children with ASD. We make it a point to stay informed on everything related to autism and we share everything we learn with you on the pages of Special-Learning.com.
With an ever-growing database of information on everything from dietary treatments for children with ASD to how to potty-train your diagnosed child, it can be difficult to know where to start 'eating the elephant', to borrow Creighton Adams' famous metaphor. Managing Autism Journey, or MAJ, was conceived as a way to provide a commonsense and orderly way of browsing the immense amount of information you'll find in our database.
To do that, we selected Diagnosis, Funding and Treatment as the three major categories that parents and providers mostly need to focus their time and attention toward.
Diagnosis is first because without proper diagnosis at a young age, the future of a child with ASD will never be what it could have been. But diagnosing a child with an ASD condition is very complex and convoluted. Most parents don't know that there are categories of professionals that are best qualified to do the diagnosis or that more than one kind of diagnostician may be necessary to make an accurate determination of where in the spectrum of autistic disorders their child's condition rests. An inaccurate diagnosis can have significant repercussions because the specific diagnosis usually determines the programming that the child is qualified to receive under health care plans or Medicaid/Medicare, and therefore the level of funding the child will receive.
Funding is also an incredibly intricate subject. If it wasn't difficult enough to figure out where best to find funding to provide for treatment before, with the massive recent legislative changes that have occurred lately, we have to believe that most parents' heads are spinning. In the Funding section of MAJ you will find articles about insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, family assistance grants, and other various ways to cover the costs of treatment for your child.
And finally, there is Treatment. As there is no single known cure for Autism, Managing Autism Journey will enable you to make the best choices for your child's treatment plan. Learn about the different types of treatments available and its advantages for your child's specific needs. Here, you will also learn how you and the whole family can work together to continue your child's treatments and progress monitoring at home.